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Report: 30345 ZIP Code Fattest in DeKalb County

Health officials have determined the 30345 ZIP code has the most obese people in the county.

I found this rather surprising: The 30345 ZIP code has the most obese people in DeKalb County, health officials said.

Nearly two-thirds of that ZIP code, which includes the area and the Henderson Mill community, is obese, according to a WSB-TV report yesterday.

Most of that ZIP seems to be a relatively high-income area though a good chunk of it covers areas west of Northeast Expressway between Buford Highway, a low-income area. Obesity rates tend to be higher in low-income areas, so I imagine that smaller area probably accounts for a larger obesity percentage.

According to the report, health officials don't seem to be certain why such a high number of residents are obese, but one suggested a lack of sidewalks and the fact that most people in the ZIP code shop at convenience stores which rarely sell fresh food (which, again, suggests that the western chunk of the area's obesity rates are likely much, much higher than the eastern part, which has plenty of great grocery stores).

Check out the full story and a video report here.

CORRECTION: The article incorrectly stated in the first paragraph that the ZIP code was 30334. The correct ZIP code is 30345.

Tom Doolittle October 02, 2011 at 03:24 AM
oughta atract some readers with this one
Tom Doolittle October 02, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Not sure why the Henderson Mill community was mentioned separately. Henderson Mill, like North Briarcliff, Oak Grove and Embry Hills are one and same-- the Lakeside High School area. Making a silk purse out of a sow's ear however, since Henderson Mill seems to have been conjoined with the mention of apartment communities' obesity--it may one day dawn on folks that Henderson Mill Elementary School is unfairly, illogicallly and unnecessarily over-burdoned with apartment units and the commensurate high--"mobility" (transient) nature of lower-income renters. DCSS's answer to low-income is to pack 'em in rather than distribute equally. Very stupid tactic from a school/neighborhood integrity viewpoint. Very smart tactic if the goal is the destruction of stable neighborhoods. The more articles that mention Henderson Mill and lower-income, high-mobility populations the better for doing something about it the next time school boundaries are worked on.
EK Clark October 02, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I agree with Tom. Henderson Mill used to have much more neighborhood support. It is not fair to pull students from so many apartments when schools, like Oak Grove and Briarlake, have few or none.
Kim October 03, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Not fair? If you want fair put your kid in private school. Don't toss OG and Briarlake under the bus because the county located them in an area that has few to no apartment complexes. Should the apartment kids have to ride past Henderson Mill and Hawthorne for the purpose of adding diversity? Once they reach middle school it all evens out.

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